Salute for Service
Elise's current work-in-progress is called "Salute for Service".
It is an extended vocal work, being composed in appreciation of our Canadian service men and women, in honour of our 100th Remembrance Day. It will be released and premiered in Fall 2019.
The text that Elise is setting was written by Major Richard Diespecker, a Canadian WW2 veteran.
The work is being partially funded by the Ontario Arts Council. You are invited to further support the creation of this work by pre-ordering the downloadable music. The funds generated from these advance sales will help Elise answer questions like "can I have a soprano sax and a cello on this?", or "should I make physical CDs?" Therefore, your pre-order influences the outcome of this project in a very real way.
Marcus Nance, Rebecca Noelle, and The Fieldown Singers are recording the work.
The finished downloads will be released on November 1, 2019. All contributions of $15 or more will receive a thank-you download of the Kyrie from "The Glimmer Mass", composed by Elise and recorded by The Fieldown Singers.
And check out more about the singers below!
Marcus Nance is equally at home in theatre, opera, concert, and cabaret. The New York Times described him as “a thrillingly powerful bass-baritone” while Backstage New York says he “has a bass that flows like melted butter”.
New York audiences saw Marcus Nance on Broadway as Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, in Baz Luhrman’s Tony Award winning production of La Boheme, in New York City Centre ENCORES! productions of Kismet and Of Thee I Sing, as Alidoro in Cenerentola with New York City Opera and in concert at the Metropolitan Room.
Most recently, he has been seen as Van Helsing in Innercamber’s concert version of Dracula, as a guest soloist in “Some Enchanted Evening” with the London Symphonia, as the Tin Man in The Grand Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz and as Judge Turpin in the Shaw Festival’s production of Sweeney Todd where the Toronto Star proclaimed that he “gives the production’s standout performance as the corrupt Judge Turpin: with his stunning singing voice and commanding physical presence, he is horribly convincing as a man who aborts justice and tramples morality…”.
He has spent seven seasons at the prestigious Stratford Festival where his assignments have included Chaiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Queequeg in Morris Panych’s Moby Dick, Rev. J.D. Montgomery in My One and Only and Mingo in Crazy For You. For the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, BC and the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, he moved audiences with his emotional portrayal of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Other regional credits include the Sultan in Aladdin, King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the Mikado in The Mikado for Drayton Entertainment, Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Stage West, and Dr. Hazlett/Reporter in Floyd Collins and Mike/Earnest in Pal Joey for the Shaw Festival.
Marcus Nance garnered international attention as Malcolm in the world premiere of Atom Egoyan’s Elsewhereless with Tapestry New Opera Works which earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Most Outstanding Male Performer in a Musical. For Queen of Puddings Music Theatre he created the role of Moses in the world premiere of the epic opera Beatrice Chancy, performing alongside opera superstar Measha Bruggergosman. His other opera credits include Porgy in excerpts from Porgy and Bess with the Toronto Symphony, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Tacoma Opera, Compere in Four Saints in Three Acts with Chicago Opera Theatre and an array of exciting roles and concerts with Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Chautauqua Opera, Vancouver New Music, The National Arts Centre, Shreveport Opera, Ash-Lawn-Highland Summer Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, Orchestra London, Victoria Symphony, North York Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Fairbanks Festival Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, the Monterey Bay Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Expanding further his creativity and artistic horizons, Marcus Nance made his film debut as the Singing Accountant in Mel Brooke’s feature film The Producers starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. He has also appeared in cabaret at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro, the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Stratford Summer Music, the Elora Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and as a regular guest with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra.
Blessed with a searing three octave vocal range, Rebecca Noelle has had the privilege and versatility to try her hand at just about every musical style she wanted to over the years. But it’s her natural affinity for soul, that has set this stunning singer apart. With a velvety voice that is simply unforgettable, Noelle brings to mind some of the artists of whom she has been influenced by over the years – Etta James, Jamiroquai and k.d. Lang. Noelle also has a natural charisma and confidence as she struts around onstage that bring to mind performers like Tina Turner and Prince.
After making waves as the 1st runner-up on TVA's La Voix (The Voice : Canada), Rebecca was invited by The Jacksons to make a guest appearance at their sold-out Canadian date in Montreal. She has also performed alongside UK's: Birdy, USA's: Florida Georgia Line, Canadian hero Roch Voisine, and continues to tour with French-Canadian Music Icon: Marc Dupré. Rebecca's voice has been played on BBC Radio in the U.K., Sirius Radio in America, Radio Bremen in Germany and CBC in Canada. She's toured much of Europe and the U.S., performed for the troops in the the Middle East and the high Arctic. She's warmed-up crowds for Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Guy, and Johnny Winter. In 2013, Rebecca co-arranged and recorded vocals for Delbert Nelson (of Motown Records' legendary Funk Brothers) in his release “Delbert and The Commotions” Founding members Brian Asselin & David Gaw were an integral part of The Commotions project. Rebecca began to work closely with the duo, coming from an eclectic background, creatively drawing from their roots in jazz, hip-hop, funk and pop. This union became the launchpad for the Rebecca Noelle project. Now, backed by her 10-piece ensemble, Rebecca brings you on an honest lyrical journey from heartbreak to triumph (and everything in between.) Infectious bass lines, sizzling brass, and flawless harmonies will conjure up memories of Motown, while the subject matter reflects an honesty that nurtures the connection between audience and artist.